Forums > Living in Kunming > real estate proxy for marriage
Hi all, found this article interesting and wondered if anyone has any thoughts.
"Job, car, house, THEN wife"
In a nutshell the article says that a lot of Chinese men are having a huge problem finding wives due to several factors: 1) the real estate price bubble, 2) wages not keeping up with rising real estate prices, 3) women absolutely refusing men without a house/apartment, 4) finally, the sex ratio skewing towards more men than women.
I hadn't actually noticed this phenom so much in KM, but I think all of those pressures have finally arrived. Also, I think that with the accumulation of wealth into fewer and fewer hands, women are accepting the role of second gal more and more. And some guys can afford that second apartment and that second car for his second gal. Its textbook sociobiology...when resources are scarce, females will head towards the goods even if it means taking second girl status.
I find it fascinating and horrifying to watch all of these things happen so quickly and blatantly here. If you hang around Kundu and take a sample you see so many old guys just flaunting their cash with their young ladies while young male club waiters just stand and watch. Doesn't this get their collective goat?
Anyway, so weird as an American to watch all of our mistakes happen with such high velocity and intensity in such a short time. China's due for a correction...I wonder how and when...
Forums > Living in Kunming > email alternative
Hi all. I'm finally fed up with my gmail. Manipulated, stalled, components disabled...I'm just done... Does anyone out there have a nifty neato new alternative? Please don't suggest hotmail or yahoo. I'm looking for something reliable yet maybe under the radar that has a chat/video chat function like gmail.
Thanks for any suggestions!
Forums > Living in Kunming > Walmart no more
What might be worse about reading a complaint about Wal-Mart in Kunming, China is that I clicked on the forum and read through the comments. I'm dumbstruck... Wal-Mart is a perfect example of how corporate crap vending is putting small businesses out of business...just like in America. To be a little over the top provocative, but, can't we laowai support smaller businesses here? Must we flock to the familiar? Is there another sugarless drink out there besides Coke zero or Diet Pepsi? Why did you come to China? Sheesh, I'm preaching. Sorry...I think...
Forums > Living in Kunming > Live music in KM and Last Halloween
On behalf of my band the Great Apes, I want to thank everyone for coming out Saturday night and making the Halloween Party at Uprock a great success. All bands had an awesome time because the crowd was fantastic and primed to have fun. We hope you guys keep coming out and supporting live music. The "scene" (sorry, I hate that word, but its descriptive enough) needs more musicians and bands. Come out of the woodwork and show your stuff! The open mics in KM are really welcoming and they have served as a great meeting ground for bands to form (2 for me). BanShan (Monday), The Movie Bar (Tuesday), Uprock (Wednesday), and Laba (Thursday) all are great places to try your stuff on an easy-to-please crowd.
Again, thanks for Halloween. See you everyone at the next gig.
p.s. here's a recent blogosphere description of our fair city's music scene.
Forums > Living in Kunming > NFL and MLB
At 1896 Sports Bar, we're showing delayed torrent versions of NFL games on Monday nights starting next week. This week is Wednesday, however. Torrents are completely up to who posts them and when. We'll post on gokunming which games are to be played as soon as we have'em. I've found good success finding the Giants' games. Sporadically, STAR sports, a network we subscribe to, will play MLB playoff games. Rest assured we'll play the playoffs if they're available live. Yanks better get their butts in gear if they're gonna make it to the Series :).
Check out where we're located in the listings portion of gokunming. Hope to see you there!